Fred Williams began playing the piano at the age of 12 at his home in Black Forest, Colorado, almost entirely by accident. His older sister Cindy had been taking lessons from a Catholic nun, but she would often skip out and head off on her horse. Since it was a long drive from the convent, Fred's parents felt obligated to pay for the full lesson and asked young Fred to sit in. Eventually Fred's parents had enough of trying to force the piano on Cindy, and so they decided to end the lessons. Much to their surprise, Fred admitted he was actually enjoying the piano, so the nun stayed and thus began Fred's musical endeavors that eventually led to Lighthouse Dawn.
Fred began writing music in 1982 while earning his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri in Rolla. Upon graduation, Fred returned to Colorado to begin his engineering career, and in his spare time began playing in local bands. His early stops included playing keyboards for Backstreet, which occasionally backed up the popular Tom Slick. He later formed the band Chapter 11 [picture], which enjoyed immediate success as a top cover and originals band in the Denver area, including a 1st place finish in the Battle of the Bands at the Bank Saloon in Boulder in 1987. Fred finished his band years with Roundtree [picture], which was the top-booked cover band in the state of Colorado during the late 70s and most of the 80s.
Fred currently lives with his wife Sandy and two children in Broomfield, Colorado.
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